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Pre-University: Social Sciences

Get ready for university study with this tailored course for young learners


Subject area


Social, Political & Legal Studies






Credit level




Credits available






13 July - 24 July 2020




2 weeks


Contact hours




Course availability


Students must be in final two years of high school (aged 16-18)


Language requirements


Evidence of language ability equivalent to IELTS 5.5






Accommodation inc.








Application deadline


30 April 2020




An introduction to studying undergraduate Social Sciences at University, suitable for students in their penultimate or final year of high school. Specifically designed for high school students, this course covers subjects including Economics, Politics and Sociology, giving students a chance to explore and stimulate their own interest in a range of topics and to deepen understanding of contemporary social issues.


Pre-university: Social Sciences focuses on the main topics found in the realm of Social Sciences such as Economics, Politics and Sociology, asking students to draw out the theme of Equality through discussion and group work. The Politics section of the course will cover how human beings take decisions which affect an entire society and look at the role of the government, the parliament, international organisations and other institutions affecting everyday life.  There will be a particular focus on the British political system and its relationship with the European Union. The Economics section covers the study of the production of goods and services according to demand and will include the study of markets and financial institutions, corporations, as well as international trade, economic development and financial crises. The Sociology section will be devoted to the study of human relations and social organisations; how and why humans behave in groups, the kind of norms followed and why these groups in society are created. There will be a focus on the history and evolution of work, the fourth Industrial revolution as well as the future of work. By reading the thinking across different disciplines, you will develop study skills that are both interdisciplinary and inter-textual.

For more detailed information on course content please see the Pre-University: Social Sciences Syllabus.

This course is suitable if you are in your penultimate or final year of high school (aged 16-18) and planning to attend university to study a subject in the Social Sciences. This course is also suitable for students who have not yet decided on their university study but would like a taster experience of studying at university level.

Before applying for Pre-University: Social Sciences please ensure you meet the following criteria:

Academic Requirements


  • Students must be in either penultimate or final year of high school


Language requirements


  • Non-native English speakers must evidence a language ability equivalent of IELTS 5.5 or above.


Age requirements


  • Applicants must be aged 16-18



The fee for this course is £3,998. 

This fee includes:

  • Tuition fees for the two-week course
  • Catered accommodation (breakfast and dinner included)
  • Course materials and equipment
  • Academic trips and excursions
  • Social programme including evening and cultural events
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off at Edinburgh International Airport

Additional fees may apply for visa applications. These are not included in your course fee.

As part of your application process, you will be required to pay a £500 deposit. The deposit payment will be redeemable against your course fee. After a 14 day cooling off period, the deposit is non-refundable. You will receive information on how to pay your deposit during your application process.


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